Anticipated Medicare fee schedule to release administrative burden – Let the Doctors remain Doctors
There are proposed policy revisions in Medicare payment schedule by American Medical Association (AMA) in collaboration with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The aim is to streamline reporting requirements, reduce paperwork, improve workflow and contribute to a better environment for healthcare professionals as well as their Medicare patients.
The provision to alter how documenting & coding (E/M Services) stands out and will be implemented in 2021, worked on by both AMA & CMS with the help of the medical community. This showcases the complexity of the rendered services and the resources required. This is a big step in curbing the documentation burdens in medicine.
This proposal reveals the raised complexity of these services and the means needed to provide them, the significance of this represents an initiative towards reducing administrative burdens in medicine and make it easy for doctors to concentrate on providing quality services to patients. The AMA is fully prepared to help the entire healthcare community system through implementing the simplified method to E/M coding and documentation with an aim to encourage key principles of accessibility, quality, affordability and innovation.
CMS show its pledge in lining up patients over paperwork, collaboration with the medical community is a rigorous effort to further improve former policies and proposals. CMS and AMA is looking forward for further collaboration together with joint aim of providing high-value care to the patients.
Consumer Protection Law Enacted to Safeguard against Surprise Billing - Senate Bill 1264
As of the signing of Senate Bill 1264 on June 14th, Texas is now among a slew of states that have consumer protection laws in place for Surprise billing.
The bill will be effective as of September 2019 and will focus on getting rid of surprise billing for some specific health plans as well as the mandatory mediation requests and also by implementing limitations on surprise billing information being reported by reporting agencies.
Under the new bill, mediation will not require involvement from the patient at all but instead it will be between the health plan and the provider and it will be managed by an impartial mediator. All types of providers can request help with mediation from the state and the cost of that mediator will be then split between the respective parties. It is then the responsibility of the state to notify the affected parties that are so named in the mediation request.
As per the legislation, mediation must be started within 180 days of the request being submitted. The new bill also requests health plans to pay any emergency care given by any out of network providers at an established rate that the organization considers reasonable.